Le Roc sur l’Orbieu - Le four à pain

Saint-Pierre-des-Champs, Aude
Self-catering


Charming gîte in an 11th-century castle in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Spectacular views, leafy terrace and wild swimming nearby

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Park in the sleepy village, pass under the arch, enter the cobbled alley… and step back a thousand years. This former ‘bread oven’ is built right into the ramparts. Its three floors are characterful and charming, and every bedroom has a view to the hills of the Corbières.

The moment you enter you unwind. Find restful bedrooms; an upcycled vintage sofa; a pretty veranda; comfortable corners to sit and plan your days out. There are French windows out to the terrace, and a heated saltwater pool and jacuzzi a 30-second stroll down the hill.

For artisan shops and ancient houses of great beauty, Lagrasse is a 10-minute drive. The rivers are where the locals swim, so rent the electric bikes and head for the gorges of the Orbieu. Beaches, medieval Carcassonne and the Regional Natural Park of the Narbonne are all within 50 minutes.

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We think you'll love

  • The stunning 11th-century exterior
  • The tranquillity and the views
  • Having the choice of where to swim - in the rivers, or the pool
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You should know

  • Another gîte shares the pool
  • Parking is 50 metres away
  • The pool and jacuzzi are open from April to October

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-7pm
Check out
9am-10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants, 10-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1400
Damage deposit
€1500
1 House for 8
From €2006 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

I think that this place is special because its situation gives guests the opportunity to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty rich in history whilst staying in a comfortable gite which is part of a 11th century castle ramparts. You can take your breakfast on the outside terrace, swim and lounge by the pool all the while benefiting from the surrounding splendour of the countryside.

Roslyn, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

In the foothills of the Pyrénées, the remote village of Saint-Pierre-des-Champs, reached by winding roads, awaits at the top of a hill. It has no shop, restaurant or bar, but is 5km from beautiful Lagrasse, which has shops, cafes, a farmers' market, a river to bathe in, and a much-visited abbey. Rivers, gorges and Cathar castles abound, and Carcassonne is a 50-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Hélène Carreaud

  • There are many wonderful places to swim with children in the gorges of Orbieu, Termes, Verdouble or Galamus. Basins dug into the rock by waterfalls are filled with transparent water for swimming and swimming.
  • Enjoy the heated pool with the family. In a pretty flower garden, it is fenced for the safety of children. It is equipped with a swim against the current and a jacuzzi area. Young children can wade in the small bath
  • Near Carcassonne, Lake Cavayère awaits you to spend beautiful days with children. Kids and adults, measure your address and take risks on the tree climbing course, have a picnic and swim in the lake water.
  • Lagrasse is one of the most beautiful villages in France. During the first week of August, the book banquet welcomes philosophers, writers, artists for conferences, ballads organized in the scrubland, film screenings.
  • During the summer, each village takes turns holding an outdoor party during the weekends. Orchestras play music to dance, you can drink wine or beer at the bar, or talk with the villagers .... the party ...
  • Do you like hiking or cycling (electric)? there is something for the whole family, 8 bike loops and walks with picnics and swimming ...

Introducing

Hélène Carreaud

Hélène has been renovating her section of these castle ruins for 30 years. Following a successful career in the military, she opened a B&B, and, in 2019 transformed the space into gîtes - “houses of life, furnished and decorated with my favourites, my ideas and my tastes”. She has also introduced a jacuzzi and a heated pool - open April to October.